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Approximately 2400 years ago, Hippocrates said,
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
Through my own journey over the last 34 years, I have witnessed
the power of nutrition and lifestyle on not only on the body,
but also on the mind and the consciousness of myself and thousands of others.
I first began studying about nutrition in 1978, at age 14.
I was a fat high school freshman and realized that if I did not lose weight
I would never get asked for a date. I began reading about calories,
carbohydrates, fats, proteins and exercise. In 6 months my weight went from
180 lbs to 120 lbs and I was hooked as a believer in nutrition.
Fast forward 20 years. I had just finished my fellowship in Nephrology and Hypertension and due to long hours, increased stress and lack of sleep, I found myself 15 lbs heavier than when I started. So, like many Americans I joined a gym. Not any gym, but one owned by a long time successful body builder. He became my trainer and taught me the effects of processed food on the human physique and the effects of white flour, white sugar and soda (both diet and regular), on the muscularity and fat deposition in the body. I watched him change physiques by placing clients, myself as well as others, on whole food diets rich in vegetables and lean proteins coupled with supplements and consistent exercise.
Watching these changes occur lead me to question the ‘How.’ I began studying in earnest the biochemistry and metabolism of all types of food and supplement as well as the effects foods and supplements have on organs, hormones, cell and genes in the body. It was not until 2004, however, that I personally experienced the power of food to cure disease in my own life. I developed pneumonia and was hospitalized and diagnosed subsequently with a vasculitis (an inflammation of the small blood vessels of the body). I was seen by a renowned specialist and offered immunosuppressant medication, but having used these same immunosuppressant medications in my own neprhology practice and having seen the side effects, I opted to try an alternative course. I placed myself on a gluten free 80-100% raw plant based diet and within 6 months my symptoms were gone and my blood work normalized. As an added bonus, the severe endometriosis I had for 15 years also resolved.
I continued to study and have come to understand how food can both trigger inflammation leading to chronic disease as well as stop inflammation and rid the body of disease. Through this blog, I hope to impart information and inspire you to take control of your own health destiny through simple changes.
"Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food."
How I Came to Food As Medicine: